It seems everywhere you look there are articles, tv shows, and social media posts expounding on the virtue of home cooking. Everyone wants to be a top chef at home, and fewer and fewer people are satisfied by mass-produced, over-processed food from the supermarket.
But what do you do if you live in a tiny apartment with no oven? Or if it’s 100 degrees outside and you can’t bear the thought of turning on the oven?
For those who either don’t have access to an oven or who don’t want to use it, the toaster oven is the perfect solution.
These 10 recipes are perfect for scaling down to fit in your toaster oven so you can eat healthy and delicious home-cooked food every day.
Want to eat a full breakfast every morning, but you’re having trouble carrying all those dishes in the car on your morning commute?
This breakfast tart includes eggs, bacon, savory pastry, and anything else you want to add. It all comes together in a convenient handheld package. The perfect full breakfast for your morning commute. Just add coffee, and you’re ready for the day ahead.
A baked egg might not sound glamorous, but have you ever heard of a shirred egg? It sounds exotic and interesting, and it’s showing up on a lot of haute cuisine menus lately. (Psst, shirred just means baked in a dish.)
This toaster oven dish is super tasty, includes plenty of cheese (or none if that’s your style), and it looks great.
Shirred eggs are easily scalable so you can make breakfast for yourself or a whole crowd without even doing any math. Try adding a bit of puff pastry on top of the egg for a flaky golden crust!
Homemade buttermilk biscuits are possibly the best food ever created. They’re a long standing staple of Southern cooking, and now they’re super trendy too!
Every Southern grandma has her own secret recipe for great biscuits. Some say you need a special flour. Others say greatness lies in using a specific brand of buttermilk. The real secret is that great biscuits are ridiculously easy to make.
The only problem is that your grandma’s recipe is probably geared for making a couple dozen at a time. This recipe makes 6 fluffy, flaky buttermilk biscuits, but just divide everything by 3 and you’ll make 2 biscuits perfect for baking in your toaster oven.
Homemade Frozen Pizza Bagels
Everyone loves pizza bagels, but not everyone is so keen on the added preservatives and excess packaging that comes with them. Are you craving a cheesy, crispy, bready lunch that you can make ahead?
Try this great recipe for your own homemade pizza bagels and satisfy that craving. The best thing about these tiny pizzas is you can make them ahead and freeze them for easy lunches all week long. The other best thing about them is you can use pretty much anything as a topping.
Canadian Toasties (Funny Canadian Words)
Pizza bagels not fancy enough for you? Or maybe you just want to branch out into some international cuisine, eh?
Canada might not be the most exotic locale, but these Canadian toasties are delicious anyway. They’re a variation on the traditional French croques madame which is basically a grilled ham sandwich with an egg on top.
They involve plenty of melted cheese, delicious prosciutto and smoked beef, but you can substitute any meat you want. The recipe is written in the metric system, so U.S. cooks will have a little bit of math to do.
Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Problem: how do you maximize your intake of cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon and butter while still technically eating a vegetable?
Solution: the stuffed baked potato. In case you have heard, the stuffed baked potato is a classic dish that has been around literally since the dawn of time.
It’s delicious, and it’s arguably the most toaster-oven-friendly meal on this list. Serving suggestion: keep adding cheese until you can’t see the potato anymore.
Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin
If the healthy vegetable goodness of a cheese-covered baked potato seems less than legit, then up your veggie game with these brussels sprouts.
Did you start getting queasy right about the time your read “brussels sprouts”? Don’t worry, this recipe makes up for making your eat your vegetables by adding a cup of heavy whipping cream.
But seriously, brussells sprouts are really healthy, and this dish is awesome.
Italian Zucchini Boats
In keeping with the theme of vegetables covered in stuff, these zucchini boats take us in a whole new direction by adding sausage to the mix.
Zucchini may conjure up visions of soggy green muck for a lot of people, but these zukes are toasty and firm.
This is a veggie treat that is easy and quick to prepare, and they look great as a side for pasta, or as a meal all on their own. Experiment with your own toppings for more variety!
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Cooking for just one or two people is hard, but cooking desserts for one or two people is harder.
If you live alone and love baking, you’ve probably finished off your share of “leftover” cookies Never fear, this delicious double chocolate chunk cookie recipe makes just 4 cookies in a batch.
This makes it perfect for solo bakers, and also perfect for baking in the toaster oven!
Coffee Mug Cake
Baking a cake for yourself might be fun, but you might also end up throwing away a lot of stale cake. Wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to bake just one slice of cake at a time?
It turns out that it’s not only possible, it’s super easy and you don’t even need a mixing bowl. This coffee mug cake recipe is game changer on all fronts.
And the best part is, the only cleanup involved is putting your mug in the dishwasher.